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Developing cooperation through integrated management of coastal areas


The work carried out under the Coastal Area Management Programme (CAMP), which is coming to an end in France's Var département, has produced tools that can be used today by local and Mediterranean stakeholders involved in managing coastal areas.

(photo : F.Dubessy)
(photo : F.Dubessy)
The results of the Coastal Area Management Programme (CAMP), launched in the Var in 2015 in association with the MAP (Mediterranean Action Plan), are starting to be assessed. "The aim," as the Plan Bleu's programme officer Antoine Lafitte reminds us, "was to assist local authorities in implementing the Protocol on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) in the Mediterranean in the Var area. Several schemes had already been set up by various stakeholders and the CAMP provided these with positive synergies."

Lasting thirty months, the CAMP resulted in the setting up of three working groups on the themes of pleasure boating, archipelagos of excellence and erosion and submersion. In addition to mapping in detail the zones along Var coast at risk from the effects of climate change, several projects were launched, including the MOCOMED (MOving COast in the MEDiterranean) online platform ( Dedicated to coastal erosion and marine submersion, the portal provides educational resources for the general public as well as acting as an aid to decision-making for elected representatives and experts.

A specific study was made of onshore boat storage facilities, of which there are many in the Var. Led by the French coastal agency Conservatoire du Littoral, in partnership with the local authority, the Communauté de Communes du Golfe de Saint-Tropez, the study enabled the drafting of a method for inventorying and monitoring these facilities, which was then made available to the local authorities in charge of the Schémas de Cohérence Territoriale (SCOT) planning schemes. 

Learning from the Var experience

"The replicability of the initiatives is essential to the CAMPs' approach," maintains Antoine Lafitte. The cross-border Maregot project underlines this. The Franco-Italian project, bringing together the Var, Corsica, Tuscany, Liguria and Sardinia, aims to promote the joint development of a cross-border strategy for monitoring and managing erosion and submersion. Between 2017 and 2019, studies are due to be undertaken and experiments carried out that will lead to the drafting of a joint intervention plan.

Another international project underway involving the Western Mediterranean (France, Italy, Spain and Malta) is SIMWESTMED, which focuses on maritime spatial planning, with the aim of avoiding territorial inequalities in matters of environmental protection by standardizing data. The Var département is due to host one of the SIMWESTMED pilot projects, providing an opportunity to make use of the results obtained in the CAMP Var.

French experience in adapting the CAMP should also benefit other regions hosting coastal management programmes for better integrated management of their coastal zones. Bosnia-Herzegovina, which is yet to sign the ICZM Protocol, is a leading contender.  

Christiane Navas, NICE

Wednesday, October 18th 2017

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